DU held 'largest ever'
convocation amid festivity
December 12, 2009)
Dhaka University (DU),
the most prestigious educational
institution of the country held
its'largest ever' 45th Convocation today
amid huge enthusiasm and festivity.
conferred a total of 9,058 graduates -
4,349 male and 4,709 female in different
disciplines. Besides, 58 students
received M Phil degrees, 58 PhD degrees
and 46 students were given gold medals
for their outstanding results.
President Zillur Rahman, the Chancellor
of the university chaired the
convocation while Nobel Laureate and
Professor Emeritus Yuan Tseh Lee of
Taiwan attended as the Convocation
The Convocation traditionally begun with
the convocation procession led by the
Chancellor of the University, started
from Curzon Hall and ended at the venue
at University play ground, decorated
with flowers and colorful pandals.
The cheerful graduates wearing black
robes and square hats, symbol of their
academic success stood up while National
Anthem was played just after ending of
Convocation procession. The main
Convocation programme was started with
recitation from the holy books of four
major religions as per the university
In his speech, the President Zillur
Rahman laid emphasis on reaching the
fruit of science and technology to the
doorsteps of common people in view of
spreading light of knowledge everywhere.
"We need to involve ourselves fully with
the advancement of information and
bio-technology for improving living
standard of the country's mass people,"
Referring to the government's programme
of building 'digital Bangladesh', the
President said "I believe, the
integrated efforts of all concerned
people including the educational
institution could be able to implement
the programme successfully.
DU vice-chancellor Professor Dr AAMS
Arefin Siddique also spoke on the
occasion while Pro-vice chancellor Prof
Harun-or- Rashid gave vote of thanks.
Acting Registrar of DU Rezaur Rahman
conducted the main ceremony.
At the convocation, DU conferred
'doctorate of science' degree on three
noted personalities - The University
conferred honorary doctorate degree on
convocation speaker Nobel Laureate
Professor Emeritus Yuan Tseh Lee,
eminent Bangladesh scientist Professor
Abul Hussam an noted historian Professor
In his convocation speech, Professor Lee
said it seems to be quite clear that
today's knowledge based economy, the
advancement of scientific research and
innovative application of technologies
in a society will be the most important
elements for sustainable development of
But, as we entered the 21st century, we
have started to realize that the current
development partners of human society
are not sustainable, he pointed out.
"We must learn to work together as a
community to find new, sustainable way
to re-establish an intimate relation
with biosphere, live in harmony with
nature," he said, who is also the
President of Institute of Atomic and
Molecular Science Academia Sinica of
Taipei-based Genomic Research Centre.
The other honorary 'doctorate of
science' Abul Hussam, is a professor of
George-Mason University of the USA who
received Grainger Challenge Gold Medal
from the National Academy of Engineers'
of USA in 2007 for innovation of 'Sono
Filter' to remove arsenic from drinking
water. Professor Hussam was the student
of Department of Chemistry of DU.
The third person, who received honorary
doctorate degree Professor Ranajit Guha,
born in Barisal, is emeritus fellow of
National university of Australia.
According to the historians Ranajit has
made a paradigm shift in the research on
history of sub-continent.
Professor Abul Hussam and Professor
Ranajit Guha were not able to attend the
convocation. Brother of Prof Hussam Dr
Abul KM Munir and Chairman of History
Department Prof Ahmed Kamal received the
degrees on their behalf respectively.
After awarding the honorary degrees, the
respective deans submitted the names of
the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) candidates
to the President. After accepting the
names, the President announced their
Later, the deans again presented names
of the graduates of their respective
faculties and the president, chancellor
of the university, President Zillur
Rahman conferred the degrees.
Thirty-five students were awarded gold
medals for their outstanding academic
performances. They received the award
one by one from President Zillur Rahman.
Recalling the glorious history of the
university, vice- chancellor Professor
Dr Arefin Siddique urged the graduates
contribute to the welfare of the people
of the country.
In his speech, the VC said this is the
largest Convocation in the 88 years
history of the university in terms of
participation of graduates. "We should
work together to keep the tradition of
holding the Convocation every year," he
Cabinet members, secretaries, diplomats
and representatives of foreign missions
in Dhaka, DU senate and syndicate
members, political and student leaders
attended the programme on the university
After ending the ceremonial part of the
convocation, the university campus wore
a festive look as hundreds of jubilant
students in their different convocation
robes moved around and held numerous
photo sessions to mark the eventful day.
'Gold Medals is a token of hard labour,
I feel obviously good,' said Ibrahim Bin
Harun, who won Abul Monsur Ahmed and
Dilnasheen Khanam Gold Medals at the
Some of the graduates said that
convocations should be held on a regular
basis like the reputed private